On 20 March 2012, the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada Mr Claude Boucher and Mrs Isabelle Mignault hosted an evening reception on behalf of the Maple Leaf Trust, featuring guest speaker, Ms Jacynthe Côté, CEO of Rio Tinto Alcan.
The evening was a thank you to our VIP Corporate and individual supporters of the Maple Leaf Trust. More than 50 guests attended and enjoyed a musical interlude provided by two members of the Jacquin Trio, featuring pianist Charis Cheung, a recipient of a 2010-2011 scholarship from the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, one of the charities supported by the Trust. Their charm and great stage presence as well as their excellent musical talent were a fitting testimony to the benefits of supporting our young scholars.
Ms Côté provided us with a fascinating insight into Rio Tinto Alcan’s position as a global company and on their commitment to corporate responsibility to the environment, employees and dedication to supporting Canadian youth. Her comments were well received by our guests and we were especially thankful for her thoughtful answers to questions raised at the end of her talk.
March 3rd 2011 was a great evening for the Maple Leaf Trust and the Canadian community here in the UK. The Maple Leaf Trust Dinner Dance was a black tie affair for 70 very happy and generous guests.
The residence of the High Commissioner on Grosvenor Square was the scene of an exclusive evening as Canadians, British and international guests gathered for the 2009 Maple Leaf Dinner and Auction. Before dinner, guests enjoyed music provided by Canadian jazz guitarist Jamie Moore.
At 8:00pm, guests were ushered into the dining room to hear welcoming remarks by H.E. High Commission James Wright (Patron of the Maple Leaf Trust), his wife Donna Thomson (Honorary President of the CWC) and Margaret Wickware (President of the CWC).
During dessert, 20 happy winners selected gifts for themselves from our raffle table including truly Canadian gifts of Lucy Waverman cookbooks, gourmet goodies courtesy of the province of Alberta, Timothy Han body products, spa certificates, ice wine and epicurean delights from The Canada Shop a signed Diana Krall CD, a CBC gift bag of books, wine and many many more items.
To top off the evening, auctioneer Jim Wright commenced the live bidding with great panache. Canadian Affair was extremely generous in donating numerous trips, Whiskey sampling and a camera. Other donors provided a “week at the cottage experience”, image consulting and escapes. NFL football tickets were donated by the Province of Alberta. Two tickets for Lionel Ritchie at the O2 centre created a flurry of bids, followed by spirited competition for a holiday week at a flat in Tuscany! All bids and the final prize of “Dinner for Six” at the High Commissioner’s residence raised big-hearted funds for the very worthy cause of the Maple Leaf Trust.
It was a wonderfully successful night. We truly thank everyone for coming and giving so generously! We look forward to next year.
If you would like to support any of our generous donors, buy a CD from our jazz musician, shop for Timothy Han products, etc here are some websites for you to peruse:
• Canadian guitarist Jamie Moore. You can also reach Jamie by emailing Beachkeys@aol.com
• Michael Garry’s luxurious Belgravia gym
• An image make-over at Moi et Me
• Rent a flat in Tuscany, contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Beautiful body products by Canadian Timothy Han
• Incredible You Spa
With thanks for your support,
The CWC Organizing Committee: Margaret Wickware, Patty Bell, Teresa Howe and Barbara Richards
To view all the photos from the evening, please click here.
submitted by Teresa Howe, Vice-President, Canadian Women’s Club